ESCANABA - Residents looking for a fun way to get involved can get help support the United Way of Delta County by participating in the United Way Mini Golf Tournament. The annual tournament and fundraiser will be in full swing later this month.
"People really enjoy it. This will be our sixth year doing it, and what I think people like about it is that it's very relaxed. It's a fun atmosphere. It's not high pressure," said United Way of Delta County Executive Director Julie Mallard.
The tournament will take place Thursday, May 30, rain or shine at the Family Fun Park in Escanaba. Golfing will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.
"You can wander in anytime between five and seven. You don't have to be there at a certain time," said Mallard.
Registration for the event is $5 for children up to age 10, and $10 for golfers 10 and over. Golfers who pre-register online or by mail before May 22 will be guaranteed a free t-shirt. Other golfers will receive a t-shirt at the event while supplies last.
Both individuals and teams can register for the tournament. There is no limit to the size of a team, however, Mallard recommends teams be composed of around four or five golfers.
"It's something nice for families, but it's also fun for ... a group of coworkers," said Mallard.
Golfers can also register the day of the tournament at the Family Fun Park. Every golfer registered in the tournament receives unlimited golfing for the duration of the event.
"As long as there are putters available, if you've got a score that you think you can do better than you can go around again and try to get a better score," said Mallard, noting in past years the tournament was so popular that some participants had to wait in line to get a putter from other golfers finishing the course.
"It's unlimited mini golf, depending on availability," she said.
Trophies will be awarded for the best individual and team scores in four age groups - 6 to 10, 11 to 14, 15 to 18, and 19 and over. There will also be hole-in-one competitions, raffles, 50/50 drawings, and a special raffle for golfers who receive a hole in one while playing the course.
"Some people really do get into it, and they really try to get a great score. They want to win, and they get excited, and that makes it a lot of fun," said Mallard.
Golfers will also receive goody bags at the event filled with items donated by event sponsors. The items will be in United Way reusable tote bags.
"In the past it's been just plastic bags, but this year we were able to get a nice supply of the reusable totes, so that's a nice little gift in itself that every golfer will get," said Mallard.
The bags will include a variety of items from the event's sponsors as well as a $5 pass for the Family Fun Park, which is good for one round of mini golf or can be applied to other activities at the park.
Other Family Fun Park activities are not included in the registration cost, however, other attractions at the park are available during the tournament.
"While you're there you have the option to go on the go-karts and the bumper boats and enjoy the rest of the facilities," said Mallard.
Mallard also noted the Mini Golf Tournament is a unique event in the area, and even seasoned golfers can practice their putting skills at the event.
"We're the only one that does this. There's many, many, many golf tournaments out there, but only one mini golf tournament (in the area)," she said.
For more information about the United Way of Delta County or to register for the Mini Golf Tournament visit www.uwdelta.org.